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Fort Hood: the logical consequence of US terrorism

The major terrorist around the world is the US ruling class and its military. It subjugates the world to the interests of US capital.

As Thomas Friedman (one of the most influential journalists in the US) wrote some years ago in his book The Lexus and the Olive Tree:

 The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist. McDonald’s cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the U.S. Air Force F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley’s technologies to flourish is called the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.

With troops killing millions in Iraq and Afghanistan, with a  proxy army dispossessing hundreds of thousands in Pakistan, and with bases in 132 countries, the hidden fist is not so hidden.

The rise of China as an imperialist challenger to US dominance makes the world a more dangerous place now and into the future as the declining American empire more and more uses its military power to contain and control China.

The US wants a strong China economically (since its own capital base benefits from that) but wants that growth in economic strength to be for US capital, not Chinese. It is at best a balancing act; at worst an encirclement before battle.

Iraq and Afghanistan are part of the US encirclement of China.

Iraq, together with US imperialism’s pit bull, Israel,and friendly dictators in the Middle East, enable the US to control the price and flow of oil to China if needed. 

They are also an attempt to show the military power of the American killing machine to China and the rest of the world, although with the country mired in Afghanistan and Iraq a defeat in slow motion, that goal has failed at least in any message it wants to send to China.

It does of course tell any uppity nations (for example Iran and Venezuela) what terrible retribution the US can unleash on them if needed.

This American encirclement strategy in part explains China’s manic search for energy security around the world,a small echo of which is found in Australia with Chinese attempts to buy key energy and mineral supplies and suppliers.

And so the United States had invaded over 200 countries in its history as part of its development and now consolidation as the dominant imperialist power in the world.

To carry out this terrorising of the world America needs a steady supply of cannon fodder from the working class. 

The rabid ideology of patriotism, of the flag, is part of that process.

The military then dehumanises working class kids to kill for capital.

But given the priorities of capital, those who fight are mere pawns in a giant chessboard game, to be sacrificed for the continued and expanding exploitation of American and non-American workers around the world to supply US based companies with their regular profit fix.

The soldiers are expendable cogs in the profit machine. Nowhere is this clearer than in the treatment of returned soldiers.

The US State uses its own working class to destroy the lives of millions overseas, and in doing so, destroys those lives too.  Having served their usefulness to capital, the beast then spits them out.

Many soldiers are traumatised by what they have done, seen or experienced. They return to a country whose leaders mouth platitudes of support but won’t pay for services for these discarded and jilted soldiers.

Their priority is profit, not the soldiers who have killed in the name of. 

The brutality of US capitalism overseas reflects, mirrors, reinforces, telescopes and escalates its brutality at home.

The wars abroad are the flip side of the coin to the war on American workers. Those who deny 50 million workers health care, who cut wages and jobs, wage war abroad.

They imprison and electrocute many black men, attack Muslims and other immigrants and foster homophobia, often with a heavy overlay of Christian superstition as justification.

The US defence forces, in their incapacity to address the needs of their own war ravaged soldiers for support, express the reality of the brutal dog eat dog system that is American capitalism.

The American Army is desperate for doctors. It will ignore pleas for help from its own psychiatrists and other medical officers. Despite requests, it will not let them go.

It will promote them.  It will continue to overwork them, and force more and more returning soldiers with more and more traumatic responses onto the back of fewer and fewer doctors. And in doing this it will destroy their lives, their health too.

It will ignore any signs of reaction against the madness that is its purposes – a killing machine for US profit.

And so a lonely man, overwhelmed with the human consequences of US terrorism on its very perpetrators, borne down with the weight of racism against him and his fellow Muslims, torn between righteousness and  reaction, mentally anguished, guns down 13 of his colleagues.

And the madness, the rape of the world, continues unabated. 

Fort Hood is the logical expression of the US pillage of the world. Until the American working class liberates itself and us from the beast, that beast will kill again, and again, and again.



Comment from Auntie Rhoberta
Time November 14, 2009 at 9:36 am

well said!

Comment from babette
Time November 15, 2009 at 7:43 am

No excuse for anyone to join the military. Not anymore.

If one still does, then it’s ’cause he/she is either a moron or a sadist, or both, as is so often the case.

No pity, no sympathy, only contempt for those who make wars possible: Soldiers.

In any case, the fact that flesh&blood is being replaced by drones, that Vietnam vets make up an impressive percentage of the homeless, that these “new” vets don’t get proper care etc. should make it amply clear GI Joe’s are disposable (and a big pain in the ass) to their zionist warmongering masters.

As an aside: Aerosol spraying low-flying planes reported prior to Ukraine haemorrhagic pneumonia pandemic which has spread to Poland, Belarus etc. and goes UNREPORTED by lamestream news whores.

Really important stuff:

Best Regards,

Comment from John Passant
Time November 15, 2009 at 9:39 am

babette, I think the situation is much more complex than you paint. Society creates the pressure and glorifies joining the military, so it is not surprising that young workers sign up.

But in long conflicts soldiers can learn the reality of what they are doing, and some can reject that role, sometimes in history linking up with working class revolutionary movements to overthrow the ancien regime.

For example a revolt of sailors and a spreading soldiers’ and workers’ revolution in Germany ended the First World War.

An important component of all of this has been the development at home of the anti-war movement to offer an alternative pole of attraction to soldiers and those contemplating joining the military. Vietnam was a good example of that.

Comment from Kim_cool
Time November 15, 2009 at 11:50 am

I basically agree with your evaluation of US as terrorist but where’s Australia in this mini-essay, besides having some resources that China wants to buy? Australia is thoroughly complicit in the blood, lies, and terror of the US-led “War on Terrorism”. I guess you know pretty well how the sociology of war plays out in the US domestic sphere as Australia is, like the US, a warmongering former British colony prone to attacking indigenous people at home and abroad.

I take a big issue with an Australian calling China “imperialist”…coming as it is from the midst of Australian imperialism, something like “the pot calling the kettle black”. One would think you’d have internalized it but for the record: the Australian state has been an unremittingly reactionary forward post of Anglo empire, ceaselessly acting high-handedly against non-whites, fighting socialism and communism, joining the massacre in Iraq and still in the imperialist quagmire in Afghanistan.

Imperialist countries don’t absorb massive investment from foreign countries (as China does), they’re doing the investment abroad with their monopoly capital.

You yourself wrote that Chinese are buying energy supplies, that’s not imperialism. Imperialism is conquering by military force and global financial extortion and swindling.

What does the “iron energy [sic] and mineral supplies” phrase mean? Are you missing a comma or two?

And since you brought it up with that sentence, I hope you could fill me in on what energy resources China is buying from Australia, because I’m not familiar with that aspect of Sino-Australian commerce.

Comment from Fud
Time November 15, 2009 at 1:31 pm

“And so a lonely man, overwhelmed with the human consequences of US terrorism on its very perpetrators, borne down with the weight of racism against him and his fellow Muslims, torn between righteousness and reaction, mentally anguished, guns down 13 of his colleagues.”

Decent journalism and then you end it with some nonsense.

One man couldn’t create all those casualties, fire off 100 shots etc. with a 357 mag and an auto pistol. If you believe he could you aren’t much smarter than the dumb soldiers who join the military.

Comment from John Passant
Time November 15, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Kim-cool, I agree about Australian imperialism. yes i did leave a comma out. And the Chinese and Australians a re building a $50 bn pipeline between the LNG fields in our northern waters to China.

But since the real threat to American imperialism in the long term is Chinese imperialism, and this is a piece about Fort Hood and US terrorism, I don’t think it is the time or place to give a long explanation of Australian imperialism. You can find that in other articles on the site.

As to imperialism being linked to finance capital, I think Lenin was wrong about that. And I don’t think imperialism is solely military competition and swindling. in fact the ‘beauty’ of US imperialism is its dominance around the globe sometimes without direct intervention.

Comment from babette
Time November 24, 2009 at 5:53 am

John Passant:

Uh, it’s actually quite simple. Dumb down and make poor the population and pimply faced retards will flock to join up.

The tactic has been used time and time again throughout history. You’d think that by now it had lost its power to manipulate. Nah! Still works.

Of course, no population has been more effectively “dumbed down” than USraelians.

Whenever I spot a soldier I ask him/her, “Aren’t you ashamed? You should be ashamed etc.”

I let them know exactly what I think of them; of how dumb and disgusting they are. Every last one.

Cops are even more repugnant, but that’s for another time…

Best Regards,

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